Northwoods Spotlight - Lampe's return to Madison - June 4Submitted: 06/04/2014
Story By Joe Dufek

MADISON - Last weekend, Alyssa Lampe showed why she was named USA Wrestling's female wrestler of the year.

And she was able to enjoy a home mat advantage.

Bob: "It was awesome to see the Wisconsin people remember her," Tomahawk wrestling coach Bob Garrou explained. "I really think it meant something to her."

Alyssa Lampe felt the presence of one family member.

"You could hear my - in fact, my dad is the only one I could hear. I couldn't even hear my coaches. That was pretty funny."

Tomahawk's Alyssa Lampe received a hero's welcome in Madison. She captured the women's 48 kg - 105.5-pound title in front of the Wisconsin faithful.

"Just great to hear people from my hometown," Lampe adds. "Heard people cheering for me. It was great."

"If it wasn't for her parents, she wouldn't have been a wrestler," Garrou said. "Her dad drug her in there to be a partner for her brother. And it worked out perfect. It's been great to be a part of that."

Last time Alyssa wrestled in Madison was in 2006. That year in her weight class - she finished second at the state tournament. Last weekend, she left her home state as a World Team member.

"It's a stepping stone. But the goal is to be an Olympic champion," Lampe is quick to point out.

"She said to USA Wrestling last week her goal is to win everything from here on out and retire in 2016 as an Olympic champion," Garrou explained.

Lampe had to bounce back after getting pinned in the second match. Two years ago, she was an alternate for the Olympic team after falling in the final match. She would not let that happen again.

Alyssa will compete at the World Championships in Uzbekistan in September. And continue to focus on a shot at the 2016 Olympic games.

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WOOD COUNTY - We now know the names of the people involved in a Wood County Crash that killed two people Tuesday afternoon.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department says the cars crashed head-on along Highway 80 in the Town of Dexter around 3:30.

71-year-old Barbara Baldwin of New Lisbon was driving one of the cars, and died in the crash.

Her passenger, 74 year old Louise Hemenway of New Lisbon, also died.

Another passenger in the car, 72-year-old Dona Sharp, was hurt....as was the driver of the second car, 30-year-old Greg Kopelke of Wisconsin Rapids.

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TOMAH - The Tomah VA Medical Center will end a lease agreement for a shelter for homeless veterans.

The Veterans Assistance Foundation has operated the shelter for nearly 20 years.

Tomah VA spokesman Matthew Gowan says there have been more than 30 incidents involving shelter residents recently.

They include a suicide attempt, a drug overdose and criminal violations.

The center has given the foundation notice that it will end the lease in January.

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EAGLE RIVER - A driver lost control of her car and crashed into the woods southwest of Eagle River late Wednesday afternoon.

It happened on County Highway D near its intersection with County Highway H. The driver was the only person in the car. She wasn't injured.

An Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy on scene couldn't yet say why she lost control of the car.

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CRANDON - Kids learn math and English in school, but this evening, the Crandon school district taught their students how to stay drug free. All year long, the school has been promoting values such as respect and forgiveness and tonight was no different.

The Red Ribbon Walk started at the courthouse and then went to Crandon High School. Along the way, walkers saw signs with facts about living a drug free life. No matter how young the students were, they still heard the message loud and clear.

"It's really good for the youth because they can see not to do drugs. To have this event, it should be about a fun experience and it's really good for kids," said 5th grader Bryce Marshall.

Even with the cold temps and rainy weather, there was still a great turnout. After the walk, there was a presentation by motivational speaker Mike McGowan to really push the message of staying drug free.

"I think it's important that we bring forward all the reasons why drugs are bad for kids. They know drugs are bad but how does it affect their lives?" said Crandon parent and teacher Agnes Keller.

The Red Ribbon walk was just one of many events that the school will have over the year to show students how to live out good, positive values.

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce wants to push economic growth and work closer with businesses.
But to do that, the chamber needs a new director first.  That process is just starting.

The Chamber Board of Directors voted to fire executive director Bill Clow October 3rd.  Clow had only started last December.  Eric Britton has been serving as interim director since then.

Past president and current board member Brett Aylesworth says the chamber sent out a job description to all members this week, asking if anyone is interested.

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MERRILL - A former Merrill High School choir teacher will go to jail after a judge found him guilty of sexual assault last month. 

26-year-old Chase Tonar will spend three years on probation and 15 years on a sex offender registry. As a part of that probation, Tonar will serve four months in jail.

Tonar had sex with a student both while he was a teacher at Merrill High School and after he resigned last May.

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THREE LAKES - Baseball fans in Three Lakes watched the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the World Series on Tuesday night.

A few of those fans might live on Cy Williams Road, or down the street from Cy Williams Park. As they watched, they may have drawn the connection between that Northwoods man, Cy Williams, and the game they were watching on the field.

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